Teaching Fellow, Audrey Shenkin, Shares Why She Chose Breakthrough SJC

Breakthrough Collaborative’s National Teaching Fellow Application for Summer 2019 is officially open! Each year, we recruit talented, motivated college students to teach in our six-week summer program. If you are looking for a way to grow, be challenged, or explore a career in education, Breakthrough is for you! Summer 2018 Teaching Fellow, Audrey Shenkin, reached […]

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Breakthrough First-Year College Students Receive Scholarships

This fall, twenty-six Breakthrough students are beginning their college journeys. As our students step onto campuses across the U.S., they are culminating years of hard work and dedication. We recognize that being accepted to college is just one aspect of the path to higher education. Many other factors, namely a school’s affordability, influence students’ ability […]

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My First Week of College: Maite Garcia

This week, we chatted with Maite Garcia, a first-year student at CSU San Marcos. Maite is already proving to be a self-advocate, and we can’t wait to see what’s to come for her in the world of college. Emma: What were you feeling the week before you started classes? Maite: The week before classes started […]

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Laila Cruz, 8th Grader, is Recognized with a Student of the Week Certificate

Breakthrough SJC, an intensive six-week program, guides students during the summer through academic classes in order to prepare for the upcoming school year. Students arrive ready to learn every morning and are immediately greeted with a cheerful and passionate group of teachers. Every week, students are expected to attentively take notes and complete assigned homework. […]

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MUN Students Hosts a Panel on Human Rights

Model United Nations (MUN) is a St. Margaret’s Episcopal School club that meets with our middle school students at In-Session on Thursdays. MUN helps students further strengthen their skills in interpersonal communication and critical thinking by ensuring that they are informed global citizens. Last week, MUN hosted a panel to look at global issues that […]

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Breakthrough Students Participate in UCI’s FABcamp

Breakthrough students Angie and Ulises recently attended UCI’s FABcamp on a scholarship provided by St. Margaret’s. According to Director of Academic Innovations, Leyla De Silva Riley, “The particular program the students are in is a hybrid of both APPcamp and FABcamp. APPcamp is intended to introduce middle school students to computer science and FABcamp focuses […]

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Ricardo’s Place Spring Fundraiser is a Success

We recently had our first spring fundraiser at Ricardo’s Place in San Juan Capistrano. Ricardo Beas, the owner of Ricardo’s Place, has been a supporter of the Breakthrough organization for quite some time. The idea of helping students in need and eliminating the achievement gap that affects our students are very important to him and […]

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Tartan Support Group Dinner Celebrates Graduating Seniors

St. Margaret’s students and families recently gathered to celebrate our four seniors that are part of the Tartan Support Group. Our four seniors Luis Almanza, Denise Garcia, Priscilla Garcia, and Francelia Lievanos are all remarkable young adults who have accomplished so much during their academic career. In the fall, Luis will head to St. Olaf […]

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Breakthrough Attends “Midori & The Planets” at The Segerstrom Center

Breakthrough SJC and Kinoshita Elementary School students recently attended the latest Pacific Symphony concert at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts through the Heartstrings program. The night kicked off with fun in the Segerstrom photo booth where students were able to take pictures with various planets of their choice. Once all of Breakthrough was seated, […]

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